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Magic store owner made cash disappear; gets two years

Harry Levy of Lexington was also sentenced in federal court in Boston on Thursday to two years of probation and was ordered to pay full restitution.

By Associated Press / September 7, 2012



BOSTON

The owner of a Massachusetts magic store has been sentenced to two years in prison for making more than $560,000 disappear from a longtime customer's credit card account.

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Harry Levy of Lexington was also sentenced in federal court in Boston on Thursday to two years of probation and was ordered to pay full restitution.

Prosecutors say the 61-year-old Levy tried to cover up the fraud by lying to federal investigators and submitting false records to the grand jury.

Levy, who owns Hank Lee's Magic Factory, pleaded guilty in April to charges of credit card fraud and making false statements.

Authorities say Levy made 134 unauthorized charges on the wealthy customer's card, forcing the victim to put his house on the market and complicating his efforts to finance a new business.

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